Hope Academy Head of Finance & Operations

Before applying please read and carefully review our Statement of Faith as well as our Hope Academy Faith & Life Covenant . All board members, faculty and staff are joining a covenant community in serving here at Hope Academy.

Hope Academy is a K-12 private school located in Minneapolis.  Our mission is to foster hope in God within the inner-city neighborhoods of Minneapolis by providing youth with an outstanding Christ-centered education.

Hope Academy is looking to hire a Head of Finance & Operations starting as soon as possible.

The Head of Finance & Operations is responsible for leadership and direction of the business & admin, facilities, human resources, and technology processes of Hope Academy. The Head of Finance & Operations is a member of the senior leadership team and reports directly to the Head of School.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities


  • Oversees overall school finances, prepares and manages school budget, including Landlord-Tenant Facility-related financials
  • Oversees overall school internal financial controls, regulatory compliance, and financial reporting
  • Maintains relationships with banks, investment institutions, auditors and other external providers of financial services in managing banking and investments for the school
  • Develops, recommends, and oversees implementation of financial, collections, tuition-related and other business-operational policies
  • Develops long-range financial planning models; monitors progress toward following those models
  • Serves as authorized signer on all school matters including financial, physical plant, vendor contracts and other documents and contracts


  • Leads and facilitates school-wide budgeting process with Senior Leadership Team
  • Evaluates school systems for efficiency and quality control
  • Manages relationships with vendors, evaluating contracts for cost savings, efficiency, and effectiveness
  • Oversees relationship with Property Management company, ensuring appropriate operation and maintenance of physical plant and capital assets
  • Oversees risk management, insurance, safety and security
  • Oversees staff responsible for carrying out building & grounds, HR, business & admin technology objectives
  • Provides oversight to cafeteria staff, including proper reporting of federal free/reduced lunch program
  • Will establish a transportation department including the purchase of two vans and implementing proper policies to assure full compliance with all laws
  • Oversees non-teaching staff, including managing job descriptions, staff appreciation, and creatively and cost-effectively managing staff growth, restructuring and/or contraction
  • Ensures that School Master Calendar process is streamlined among Senior Leadership.
  • Develops a Facility Usage plan for both Hope Academy-related activities as well as outside groups.
  • Facilitates the professional handling of all facility rental agreements and relationships, including insurance documentation and processing

Senior Leadership

  • As member of collaborative senior leadership team, provides overall oversight and leadership of the school
  • Assists in development and implementation of school policies and procedures, and provides leadership role in communicating these to school
  • Provides information to the Board and Board Committees and/or other entities on a regular basis and as requested
  • Completes annual evaluation of direct reports; making hiring decisions for all direct reports
  • Coordinates training and development of staff
  • Performs other duties and projects as delegated by Senior Leadership and/or Head of School

Skills and Requirements

  • Fully aligned with the Hope Academy Faith & Life Covenant, including a section on Core Theological Values; including a calling to urban ministry, racial reconciliation, a complementarian view of male-female image-bearing, and Reformed theological convictions.
  • Financial and management experience including budget preparation, financial statements, fund-accounting, investment management and financial reporting experience
  • 3-5 years experience in a Christian school or faith-based non-profit strongly preferred but not required
  • BA degree required in related area of study; MBA or CPA preferred
  • Broad-based operations and facilities management experience
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills
  • Strong interpersonal, relationship-building, communication and management skills
  • Effective team building, problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Ability to multi-task, work independently and be attentive to detail
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Excellent judgment, leadership and decision-making abilities
  • Strong integrity and reliability
  • A self-starter who is self-directed, and willing to do things him or herself if necessary
  • Strong Computer proficiency with experience in PC platform computers, Google Docs, Microsoft Office (especially Excel), Quickbooks, and/or other relevant systems experience.


  • Commensurate with the Hope Academy pay scale for administrators, which takes into consideration the education and experience of the candidate.
  • Benefit eligible
  • Subject to satisfactory background check

Print out and complete our Teacher Application along with two letters of recommendation and cover letter.

Mail or email completed application, letters of recommendation and cover letter to:

ATTN: Tennille Ziegler, Human Resources
Hope Academy
2300 Chicago Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Email: tziegler@hopeschool.org